Herring (Heron) Ditch

Herring (Heron) Ditch (HMRTS)

Location: Chesapeake, VA 23323
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 40.875', W 76° 21.689'

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Herring Ditch was one of many ditches that connected with the Dismal Swamp Canal. Ditches were used to transport goods to the canal, allow access to swamp timber, and provide drainage. Walter Herron, a Dismal Swamp Canal Company stockholder, began the construction of Herring Ditch in the mid-1820s as a millrace that ran from the canal eastward three miles to present Shillelagh Road. It was later extended north to connect with the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River providing a link between the Dismal Swamp and the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canals. The ditch also later linked the Lindsay Canal to the Dismal Swamp Canal. The ditch's access to the Dismal Swamp Canal was closed by the 1920s, when U.S. Route 17 was constructed.
Marker NumberWP 11
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 7:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 378353 N 4060376
Decimal Degrees36.68125000, -76.36148333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 40.875', W 76° 21.689'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 40' 52.50" N, 76° 21' 41.34" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake VA 23323, US
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